Exercise is hard. 

Most of the time the difficulty springs from lack of motivation. I take my age for granted thinking that I can get away with (occasionally) eating junk and just using the stairs or walking more. While doing those things is better than slacking off and eating potato chips all day, Carlo and I both know that we need to make lifestyle changes if we want to live and minister for a long time.

"... for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." - 1 Timothy 4:8, ESV (italics mine)
We believe that the physical affects the spiritual, and vice versa. When we are filled with the Spirit and the word of God abides in us, there is a certain glow within us that people will recognize. Our actions and attitudes also reveal what is going on in our hearts. In the same way, when we don't take care of our bodies, we may not make the most of our spiritual activities. It takes a great amount of energy to preach, travel, meet with people, write papers, sit through class, and many others. If we're not fit, we'll feel weak all the time and we may get sick more often. I have to agree with Paul's words to Timothy: bodily training is of some value. If we can, let us take care of our bodies as we continue to train ourselves in godliness.

And so, in our pursuit of fitness, Carlo and I have begun Power 90 Days Extreme 3--or you may recognize its more popular name, P90X3. It's an exercise program from the fitness company Beachbody designed to get you ripped in 90 days. The cool part is that all of the workouts are only 30 minutes long so there are no more excuses! There's really no need to go to a gym because most of the workouts don't need equipment. We find this highly convenient as I (Pat) will be starting classes soon and Carlo will be focusing on writing and ministry. Even during busy seasons, we should always be able to squeeze in 30 minutes a day for physical training.

We want to live and minister for a long time. We want to enjoy our marriage. We want to serve each other and other people for the rest of our lives. We want to try new things. We want to minimize stress and prevent sickness. With P90X3 we hope to develop discipline as we steward our bodies. For me, if I'm able to discipline myself in this area it should flow into other areas of my life. This is true for Carlo, as he feels that consistent P90X3 time has affected his ability to do everything else well.

We started last June 9 and we just entered our second week. The schedule we are following is the Lean Schedule, where the focus is on trimming fat and toning our muscles without bulking up. We've made it to Day 11 of 90! There's still a long way to go and we will need to make time adjustments once classes start, but we're pumped to be doing this.

Since the workouts are shorter, they have been designed to be more intense. But after each workout we have increased energy for the rest of the day. So far, I have been able to climb more steps without losing my breath (thanks to the cardiovascular workouts), and my entire body feels engaged. We're reminding ourselves that eating is half the battle, so Carlo and I are doing our best to make healthy choices whether at home or outside.

We want to see this whole thing through, and when we're done, to continue working out, eating well, and getting enough sleep. Over the next few weeks, we'll do our best to document our progress here at Victapolis for accountability and also to encourage you to stay active :) Come join us in our journey! -P.

P.S. Special thanks to Karla Victa for the workout DVDs! We wouldn't have P90X3 without you.

P.P.S. Here's Olivia Newton-John reminding us all to keep moving and keep smiling :D

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